Anonymous activists accused TikTok, a popular Chinese service, of mass surveillance of users and transferring data to Chinese authorities. TikTok collects information about user contacts, device, information about installed programs, etc. Anonymous participants urged users to remove this “spyware” because transferring user data to the Chinese authorities could have consequences for everyone.
“Let’s just say that every Twitter user following us can like some tweet. Then after 5 years you will visit China and you will be arrested. It’s even more likely that your financials will be stolen, compromised, and you will be manipulated, ”Anonymous participants said.
The secret collection of TikTok users’ personal data was reported by a Reddit user using the nickname Bangorlol. He analyzed the principle of the application and called TikTok a service for collecting data disguised as a social network.
According to Bangorlol, TikTok collects information not only about user contacts, but also data about the device, including processor type and serial number, information about installed programs, Wi-Fi access points, IP address, etc.
In addition, the application is able to request data on the user’s location every 30 seconds, and the commands for collecting data are completely configured remotely.
As it became known earlier, Tik Tok also accesses the clipboard every few seconds. According to the developers, this way TikTok protects against spam, but despite their further promises to stop this practice, the application continues to gain access to confidential data of Apple users, including passwords, cryptocurrency wallet addresses, account reset links and private messages.